Sri Lanka v India, 5th ODI, Pallekele August 5, 2012

Mathews, SL fined for slow over-rate

ESPNcricinfo staff

Stand-in Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews has been fined 20% of his match fee, for maintaining a slow over-rate in the final ODI against India in Pallekele. Match referee Chris Broad found Sri Lanka to be one over short, after taking allowances into consideration, and fined the rest of the team 10% of their fees.

According to the ICC code of conduct, players are fined 10% of their match fees for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time, with the captain fined double that. If Mathews is found guilty of one more minor over-rate offence in ODIs over the next 12 months, he will receive a one-match suspension.

Sri Lanka, who bowled first in Pallekele and went on to lose the match by 20 runs, had already lost the series and so rested their fulltime captain Mahela Jayawardene for the game. In his absence, vice-captain Mathews was in charge.

Earlier in the series, MS Dhoni and India had been fined for their slow over-rate in the first ODI in Hambantota.

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  • associate cricket fan on August 7, 2012, 3:28 GMT

    @Sageleaf... virat kohli is top order batsmen and he always bats at no 3.he has more chance to more runs and hundreds. but mathews always bats at no.6 and no.7. most of the time he comes into bat after 30th or 35th over. sometimes he even bats with tailenders. so you have to look at the situations. virat kohli will get support from the other batsmen to build a partnership where mathews doesnt get much support from the tailenders or the other batsmen. there is no doubt that virat is a better batsmen than mathews. but we simply cant compare each others stats.

  • Sage on August 6, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    So Mr. Nilankaraja why don't you tell me how many matches Mathews has won for SL? You seem to know all the stats. I closely watch almost every game. Mathews is gonna be SL next captain but why does Dilshan think otherwise and wanted Mahela to continue till 2015? IF you take Virat Kohli who could be India's next skipper and compare Mathews who's gonna be future SL captain, Kholi has scored 3800 runs in 90 ODI's with 13 Centuries n 20 odd fifties where Mathews has scored only 1600 runs without a century in 81 games. I'm saying my opinion and you have yours. I feel he is not the right choice yet. That's all. Thank you for highlighting my spelling mistake well I am not perfect. Thanks.

  • Sanukshi on August 6, 2012, 14:56 GMT

    this is clearly the difference between indians and sri lankans, we do not criticise our players like the indians. we know all the effort and the work they put it. win or lose we'll always be their fans! Mathews has what it takes to be a captain, you can't judge a person based on just a couple of matches, captaincy starts from the bottom, its good to lose a game now and then at start, that give them the motivation to work harder. we cant expect miracle to happen... so how about all these mathews haters become more realistic and just understand the situation properly

  • Perumal on August 6, 2012, 14:33 GMT

    @Asher ... We have better allrounders than mathews and perara ... Irfan pathan best batmen who can finish the match and best bowler(king of swing). yeah mathews is an allrounder but not perara... is not match finisher... he s jus a pinch hitter... its really funny you guys rate him to pollard. If perara is allrounder then you can consider Malinga too as an allrounder. He is more entertaining than perara. There s no room for feeling jealous. We are the winning team.

  • Mohamed on August 6, 2012, 10:52 GMT

    @indianzen : Fair enough Rohit and Rahul are just a waste of space but do u even watch cricket to say Matthews and Thissara perera are useless? I clearly see the jealousy of an Indian fan here, where still they couldn't find a classy all rounder! Oh i forgot Ravidra Jadeja the world class all rounder was found somewhere in India wasnt he ? Shame is not the word man!

  • Manesh on August 6, 2012, 4:10 GMT

    Again i will say ridiculous! Penalizing a captain for run rate is not a good idea. ICC must think about something new.

  • Nilanka on August 6, 2012, 1:22 GMT

    @Sageleaf you just sound dumb claiming every player as "overrated" except for your demigods, without even knowing how to spell the word. Mathews has won many matches for SL and I'm sure you just didn't watch them. The latest one is against Pakistan. Both yours and ranuks comparison f Mathews and Thirimanne is just ridiculous.

  • Sage on August 5, 2012, 17:40 GMT

    I totally agree with ranuk here, I just cant handle Mathews just over rated that's all. How many matches has he won for Sri Lanka? He was so good when he was new to the team but now lost his direction. Lahiru Thirimanne is a better choice as captain for Sri Lanka....he is becoming like Kumar Sangakkara one of the greats!

  • mark on August 5, 2012, 17:18 GMT

    @ranuk; just bcos of he lost few matches is it fair to say is not suiatable for captancy?..leadership is not only wining matches!! of course thers should be resutls, but if team perfom badly captain alon is not the culprit unles he has done blunders to loose matches currnt team mathew is ok, but he shold be taught and trained well for that and experiance playrs shud help him to be a good cpt if he has some weakness. is it not fair?.. i dont hav any clue to say Thiri is suits for captncy.. may b in future...who knows if he turns oout to be v.good playr..yestday he played realy wel and handled the presure.. indeed he didnt seems hav any presure and the way he lift the game is very good.. I think insted of Sanga , he sgud play #3 position.let them under go presure situation and come out in good shape..that is the best for any player

  • ashok on August 5, 2012, 15:57 GMT

    until people like mathews, perera, rohit sharma and rahul sharma are playing, no country can do successfully...

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